Posted September 10, 2017 | 1:57 AM

Thousands Flock to Hillsborough Shelters

Hurricane Irma Update No. 19

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2017) - More than 17,000 people had taken refuge in Hillsborough County shelters by Saturday evening.

A mandatory evacuation for Zone A went into effect Saturday morning. Residents should finish preparing tonight and have all their plans in place tomorrow morning. Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, strong tropical force winds are expected to impact our area.

These shelters are currently OPEN:

  • Armwood High School, 12000 U.S. 92 (wheelchair accessible)
  • Barrington Middle School, 5925 Village Center Drive, Lithia (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa (pet-friendly)
  • Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Bevis Elementary School, 5720 Osprey Ridge Drive, Lithia
  • Bloomingdale High School, 1700 East Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico
  • Cannella Elementary School, 10707 Nixon Road, Tampa
  • Carrollwood Elementary School, 3516 McFarland Rd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Chiles Elementary School, 16541 Tampa Palms Blvd. W, Tampa
  • Cimino Elementary School, 4329 Culbreath Road, Valrico
  • Collins Elementary School, 12424 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview
  • Cork Elementary School, 3501 N. Cork Rd., Plant City
  • Heritage Elementary School, 18201, East Meadows Road, Tampa
  • Knights Elementary School, 4815 N. Keene Road, Plant City
  • Lake Magdalene Elementary School, 2002 Pine Lake Drive, Tampa
  • Marshall Middle School, 18 South Maryland Ave., Plant City (wheelchair-accessible)
  • McKitrick Elementary School, 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz
  • McLane Middle School, 306 N. Knights Ave., Brandon
  • Mulrennan Middle School, 4215 Durant Road, Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Nelson Elementary School, 5413 Durant Road, Tampa
  • Newsome High School, 16510 Fish Hawk Blvd., Lithia (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Pride Elementary School, 18271 Kinnan St., Tampa
  • Reddick Elementary School, 325 West Lake Drive, Wimauma (wheelchair-accessible)
  • The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview (special needs only)
  • Sessums Elementary, 11525 Ramble Creek Drive, Riverview
  • Sgt. Paul Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa (pet friendly)
  • Stowers Elementary School, 13915 Barrington Stowers Drive, Lithia
  • Tomlin Middle School, 501 N. Woodrow Wilson, Plant City (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Wilson Elementary School, 702 English St., Plant City

These shelters are now FULL:

  • Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria Street, Brandon
  • Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road, Seffner
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 400 19th Ave NE, Ruskin
  • Greco Middle School, 6925 East Fowler Ave, Temple Terrace
  • Hammond Elementary School, 8008 N Mobley Road, Odessa
  • Lockhart Elementary School, 3719 N. 17th St., Tampa
  • Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd Street, Tampa
  • Pizzo Elementary School, 11701 Bull Run, Tampa
  • Sheehy Elementary School, 6402 N. 40th St., Tampa
  • Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways, Ruskin (pet-friendly)
  • Simmons Career Center, 1202 W Grant Street, Plant City
  • SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (special needs only)
  • Summerfield Crossings Elementary School, 11050 Fairway Meadow Drive, Riverview
  • Turkey Creek Middle School, 5005 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
  • Valrico Elementary School, 609 South Miller Road, Valrico
  • Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs, Tampa (pet-friendly) (wheelchair-accessible)

Special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.

Residents should bring only essential items including: blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and air mattresses; clothing and toiletries; prescriptions; special dietary foods and favorite snacks; diapers, bottles, and other baby supplies; important paperwork in a waterproof container. Cards, books, and games can help pass the time, especially for young children.

Residents bringing pets to a pet-friendly shelter must bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around, as well as a collar with a leash, and supplies for each pet to last seven days. More information on how residents can prepare their pets can be found at

Residents can confirm evacuation zones and register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system, at or by calling (813) 272-5900.